Producer: WayVine Winery & Vineyard
Blend: 100% Carmine
* Review sample provided by the winery
WayVine Winery & Vineyard 2016 Carmine
This cross of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and carignan was released in the 1960s by viticulturist and plant geneticist Dr. Harold Olmo at the University of California at Davis. Though intended to be a cabernet stand-in for cooler parts of California, it didn't take off there. Instead, you'll find it in states like Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
There is a smoky edge to the nose with deek dark fruit qualities – blueberry and currant – as well as notes of mint and root beer.
The palate is juicy and plump without being heavy. Ripe dark fruits, including blueberry, currant and black plum, are layered with hints of herb and savory smoke. There is a nice combination of grippy tannins and fresh acidity here.